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Wilkes University The Great Gatsby Understanding Towards Different Perceptions Discussion

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I’m studying for my Philosophy class and need an explanation.

The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby offers a variety of characters that challenge our understandings of who they are and how they see themselves in the world. Nick, our narrator, gets to drive the narrative, revealing what he wants, shaping parts as he sees fit. Jay, the hero of sorts, is a man of contradictions: sweet but criminal, devoted but delusional, magnificent but fragile. Tom and Daisy, the Buchanans of West Egg, appear to have it all, but insights into their home life reveal tensions and deceit.

In roughly 750 words, compare and contrast Jay Gatsby and one additional character from The Great Gatsby in terms of how they represent ideas of “identity,” “identification,” and “self,” alongside “infatuation,” as defined in John Armstrong’s Conditions of Love. How do infatuation and identity intersect in Fitzgerald’s masterpiece? How do the characters understand themselves through the connected frameworks of love and self?

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The Great Gatsby
Jay Gatsby comes out as a self-centered person. Nick, the narrator, outlines him as a
character who not only struggles with low self-esteem but also fears abandonment. Besides,
being insecure, he is also unsure of his self. One of the manifestations of Gatsby's ego is his
ultimate dream, which is to be reunited with his lost love by attaining a higher social class status
(Kirby, Lisa, et al.). Daisy is, therefore, often seen as a personification.

After amassing great wealth, his ego is evident as he throws extravagant parties intending
to attract Daisy. He pursues her despite knowing that she is married. Gatsby's id is so great that it
drowns out his ego challenging the mediation of his identity in most scenarios in the novel.
According to Birkerts, a novel critic, Gatsby was a fool not because he dreamed but because he
did not know how to connect his dreams with realities.

Nick also portrays Gatsby as naïve as he lets his dreams and hopes guide him. He pursues
his goals with recklessness, oblivious to the consequences of his actions, which contributed to
the story's sad ending (Scott, Fitzgerald F). Gatsby eventually died with having not fulfilled
some dreams and desires. He is also honest in his intentions, which further depicts him as naïve.
Gatsby’s relentless chase and his extravagant parties also indicate his id’s pursuit of his
aggressive desires.

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Nick also depicts Gatsby as a selfish character due to his headstrong attitude as he
pursues his dream to win Daisy's love and becoming rich. According to Nick, he holds
extravagant parties regularly and does not also hide his cha...

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